When I first started working in wax I found it frustrating. But since it turned out I need lots of time to think about pieces before I actually start working on them, it's a very comfortable part of my process. A long time ago, I did welded bronze jewelry and that is truly instant gratification. Now I very occasionally made bead necklaces from my grandmother's antique bead collection. I do enjoy starting something and finishing it the same day.
Anyway since I can't give instant gratification on the fire bird. But I can with ravens. I originally saw them in London at the Tower, and then saw them often when I went to the Pacific Northwest. Now I see them here in San Francisco. I love the way they look and move and their clear intelligence.
This one is my Poe raven, very 19th century and very classic. I made it first with a group of pieces from mysteries that included a ruby jeweled "Five Red Herring" Dorothy L. Sayers necklace.
This is a much more free form abstract raven. The design idea was begun from an illustration that was brought to me.